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Formula One - Malaysian Grand Prix Preview

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DATE: Sunday, March 30
SITE: Sepang International Circuit -- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
TRACK: 5.543 km (3.444 miles), 15-turn road course
CAPACITY: 100,000+
TELEVISION: NBC Sports Network
ANNUAL: 16th
START TIME: 4 a.m. (ET)
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, March 29/4 a.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Sebastian Vettel
RUNNER-UP: Mark Webber
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Vettel (finished 1)
LAPS: 56
MILES: 192.887 (310.408 km)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Fernando Alonso, 2005 (1 min., 32.582 secs.)
RACE RECORD: Giancarlo Fisichella, 2006 (1 hr., 30 mins., 40.529 secs.)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Sebastian Vettel16Romain Grosjean11
2Mark Webber57Kimi Raikkonen10
3Lewis Hamilton48Nico Hulkenberg12
4Nico Rosberg69Sergio Perez9
5Felipe Massa210Jean-Eric Vergne17
2013 Malaysian Grand Prix Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 188.231 kph
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 38 mins., 56.681 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 4.298 secs.
CARS RUNNING AT FINISH: 16
CARS ON FINAL LAP: 11
FASTEST LAP: Sergio Perez, 1:39.199, lap 56
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Vettel, 1:49.674
Past Malaysian Grand Prix Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Sebastian Vettel (1) -- Red Bull Renault -- 188.231 kph/1:38:56.681
2012 -- Fernando Alonso (8) -- Ferrari -- 112.969 kph/2:44:51.812
2011 -- Sebastian Vettel (1) -- Red Bull Renault -- 190.699 kph/1:37.39.832
2010 -- Sebastian Vettel (3) -- Red Bull Renault -- 198.540 kph/1:33.48.412
2009 -- Jenson Button (1) -- Brawn-Mercedes -- 182.919 kph/55:30.622
2008 -- Kimi Raikkonen (2) -- Ferrari -- 203.971 kph/1:31:18.555
2007 -- Fernando Alonso (2) -- McLaren -- 201.893 kph/1:32.14.930
2006 -- Giancarlo Fisichella (1) -- Renault -- 205.397 kph/1:30.40.529
2005 -- Fernando Alonso (1) -- Renault -- 203.407 kph/1:31:33.736
2004 -- Michael Schumacher (1) -- Ferrari -- 204.384 kph/1:31:07.490
2003 -- Kimi Raikkonen (7) -- McLaren -- 201.629 kph/1:32:22.195
2002 -- Ralf Schumacher (4) -- Williams -- 1:34:12.912
2001 -- Michael Schumacher (1) -- Ferrari -- 1:47:34.801
2000 -- Michael Schumacher (1) -- Ferrari -- 1:35:54.235
1999 -- Eddie Irvine (2) -- Ferrari -- 1.36:38.494
Past Malaysian Grand Prix Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 1
2012 -- Lewis Hamilton -- 3
2011 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 1
2010 -- Mark Webber -- 2
2009 -- Jenson Button -- 1
2008 -- Felipe Massa -- 19
2007 -- Felipe Massa -- 5
2006 -- Giancarlo Fisichella -- 1
2005 -- Fernando Alonso -- 1
2004 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1
2003 -- Fernando Alonso -- 3
2002 -- Michael Schumacher -- 3
2001 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1
2000 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1
1999 -- Michael Schumacher -- 2
Last Race Results
RACE: Australian Grand Prix (March 16)
SITE: Albert Park Circuit -- Melbourne, Australia
LAPS: 57
MILES: 187.822 (302.271 km)
WINNER: Nico Rosberg
RUNNER-UP: Kevin Magnussen
THIRD: Jenson Button
FOURTH: Fernando Alonso
FIFTH: Valtteri Bottas
POLE WINNER: Lewis Hamilton (retired on lap 3)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 32 mins., 58.710 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 195.058 kph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 26.777 secs.
Malaysian Grand Prix Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1 *Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ)Red Bull Racing-Renault
3Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia)Red Bull Racing-Renault
4Jules Bianchi (Nice, France)Marussia-Ferrari
6Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany)Mercedes
7Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland)Ferrari
8Romain Grosjean (Geneva,Switzerland)Lotus-Renault
9Marcus Ericsson (Kumla, Sweden)Caterham-Renault
10Kamui Kobayashi (Hyogo, Japan)Caterham-Renault
11Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico)Force India-Mercedes
13Pastor Maldonado (Maracay,Venezuela)Lotus-Renault
14Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain)Ferrari
17Jules Bianchi (Nice, France)Marussia-Ferrari
19Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Williams-Mercedes
20Kevin Magnussen (Roskilde, Denmark)McLaren-Mercedes
21Esteban Gutierrez (Monterrey, Mexico)Sauber-Ferrari
22Jenson Button (Frome, England)McLaren-Mercedes
25Jean-Eric Vergne (Pontoise, France)Toro Rosso-Renault
26Daniil Kvyat (Bashkortostan, Russia)Toro Rosso-Renault
27Nico Hulkenberg (Emmerich, Germany)Force India-Mercedes
44Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England)Mercedes
77Valtteri Bottas (Nastola, Finland)Williams-Mercedes
99Adrian Sutil (Starnberg, Germany)Sauber-Ferrari
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200520062007200820092020201120122013
Sebastian Vettel---------RET15WonWon11Won
Lewis Hamilton------2576833
Nico Rosberg---RETRET148312134
Kimi Raikkonen9RET3Won14------57
Jenson ButtonRET31210Won821417
Daniel Ricciardo---------------------1218
Fernando AlonsoWon2Won811136WonRET
Kevin Magnussen---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Valtteri Bottas - started 15 and finished 5
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Fernando Alonso
Last Week's Pick to Win (Lewis Hamilton) - retired on lap 3
 
NOTES:
The Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit in Kuala Lumpur is round 2 on the 2014 Formula One calendar.

This will be the 16th running of the Malaysian GP. The race made its F1 debut on October 17th, 1999, which was won by Eddie Irvine from Ferrari.

The first two Malaysian GPs (1999-2000) were scheduled at the end of the season. In 2001, the event moved to March and has remained in an early-season slot since.

Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel hold the record for most victories in the Malaysian GP with three each. Alonso won this race in 2005, '07 and '12. Schumacher's victories came in 2000, '01 and '04. Vettel's wins occurred in 2010, '11 and '13.

Alonso has won the Malaysian GP with three different teams: Renault (2005), McLaren (2007) and Ferrari (2012). His victory in this race two years ago came from the eighth starting position, which is the furthest back a driver has started and won it.

Ferrari leads all constructors with six wins in the Malaysian GP.

The race winner in the Malaysian GP has started on the pole position eight times. Vettel most recently did it one year ago.

Jenson Button has competed in the Malaysian GP 14 times, which is more than any other driver. Button has raced in it each year from 2000-14.

Round 3 in this year's F1 world championship is the April 6 Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir, Bahrain. Vettel is the defending race winner.

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